Kuwaiti MP: Iran the True Enemy of the Arab States
Gulf state once on good terms with Tehran drifts further away after Iran tries to market disputed oilfield, accused of arming terrorists.
A senior Kuwaiti lawmaker on Sunday described Iran as the “true enemy” of Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab states, in a sign of growing tensions with the Shiite power.
“It has become clear to all that Iran is an enemy plotting to swallow up our states and resources and is the true enemy of the region,” Hamad al-Harashani, the head of the Kuwaiti parliament’s foreign relations committee, said in a statement.
It was the strongest Kuwaiti criticism in years of Iran, with which Kuwait has traditionally had better ties than its fellow Gulf Arab states.
Harashani singled out an apparent bomb attack Friday in Bahrain as “yet further evidence of Iran’s aggression” in the region.
The blast killed a policeman and wounded seven people, with Bahraini officials saying explosives used in the attack were similar to material seized by authorities last month which “came from Iran.”
“Iran is seeking to spread chaos and undermine the ruling regimes” in the region, Harashani said, calling on Gulf states to boost security coordination.
Kuwait and Iran were on relatively good terms for years until the Gulf state this month broke up a terrorist cell and seized large quantities of weapons and explosives.
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